Calamari FestivalCalamari Festival 2017

St Francis Bay has long been famous for its wonderful sporting events in September including the Calamari Classic Golf, squash and bowls tournaments.   Players and competitors travel from far and wide to enjoy the sportsmanship on offer.   Building on this success Tourism is delighted to announce the introduction of the Calamari Festival on Saturday 23rd September.

Offering an afternoon of live music, market stalls, kids’ activities, food and craft beers the event will also include an exciting Calamari Cook Off competition, where professional and amateur chefs can go head to head to create a delicious calamari dish. The general public will have an opportunity to taste the dishes and be a part of the judging process where the winner will receive a floating trophy and be crowned Calamari King (or Queen) for 2017.

The festival will be taking place from 12-5pm @ Village Centre, in St Francis and will be an opportunity for families to relax and enjoy themselves while others are testing their sporting prowess.  Popular muso Ben Badenhorst has been confirmed in the lineup, along with Driftwinds and our very own Absent Irish.  The event is just one of many during a busy festival weekend in the area and is timed to fit in with prize giving and presentation dinners happening later that night, along with live music, activities and celebrations in venues throughout the Greater St Francis.

St Francis Tourism are excited to be introducing this family event and encourage everyone to be a part of the weekend.   Anybody interested in entering the Calamari Cook Off, having a stall or offering food and drink trucks at the Saturday event should contact the Tourism Office directly on

Tourism Members of the community who will be offering any special events, services or activities during the weekend are asked to notify the Tourism Office asap so they can be included in the full weekend programme.

For more info contact St Francis Tourism on or 042 294 0076

Also read about the Great Calamari Cook-Off